A thriving church, and a declining church in danger
(1 Thessalonians 1:2,3 with Revelation 2:1-7)
A thriving church delights my soul
– strong hope, and love and faith
directs their dedicated toil
while serving Christ on earth.
But when that love has faded, fled,
the works may seem the same,
but not to Christ, the Master, Head:
and much will be in vain.
What causes Christ displeasure, pain?
Has any pride crept in?
Self pity, jealousy brings shame,
and bitter thoughts begin.
Take your complaints to Christ in prayer.
Keep fellowship with him,
and ask he will your love repair,
prevent decline within.
We all must search our hearts, but try
within our church to share
concern that each of us apply
God’s Word with love and care.
Tune: CM Colchester or Kilmarnock
on Ephesians 4:3-6
Make every effort, keep the unity:
one church, one body, formed by One divine, –
one Holy Spirit now fulfils God’s plan
making his temple – with one hope, sublime.
One Lord, unique; one mighty Son of God:
born as a babe, lived sinlessly on earth,
rose out of death, his Word and call unique:
one Life, one Saviour, one escape from death.
Only one Way, one way of faith in Christ:
no other righteousness, – our own defiled.
One in confession, willingly baptised,
standing united with his church world-wide.
One God, one Father, to whom all must come,
only one Sovereign One who’s will abides.
One who indwells each member of his church,
Ruler who every destiny decides.
Make every effort, keep the unity
of this his church to which by grace you’ve come,
bound by the Spirit in the bond of peace, –
one God, one faith, one hope, one in the Son.
Tune: 10 10 10 10 eg Woodlands by W Greatorex,
or Morecambe by F C Atkinson